Goodbye 2017, and hello 2018!
2017 was a good year for me both in my bookish life, and personal life. I read some amazing books this year, met some amazing authors, moved into a new home, and took some wonderful vacations. I feel very fortunate, and I hope 2018 is just as good to me as this past year.
Let’s see what I accomplished in 2017, and what my plans for 2018 are…
*In this post I share my 2017 highlights, reading stats, my favorite books, and my favorite blog posts of the year. I will also discuss my bookish goals for 2018.
My 2017 Bookish Highlights:
1.) I read 120 books. I am still in shock that I managed to read over 100 books in a year, let alone 120!
2.) I attended many book events and was able to meet some amazing authors. In 2017, I met V.E. Schwab, Mary Kubica, Leigh Bardugo, Lisa Jewell, R.L. Stine, Brit Bennett, Kayla Rae Whittaker, Celeste Ng, and many more.
3.) I did *better* with my book buying problem… at least I did in the second half of 2017. I mean, there were months like April where I purchased over 27 books in one month… BUT I only purchased 25 books total in the second half of 2017! So I MAY still have a small book buying problem, but it has gotten a tad better.
My 2017 Reading Stats:
Books I Read in 2017:
Favorite Reads of 2017:
*Book titles link to Goodreads
• Historical Fiction •
» Enchanted Island by Allison Amend
• Thriller •
» The Wolf Road by Beth Lewis
» The Good Girl by Mary Kubica
• Contemporary •
» The Animators by Kayla Rae Whitaker
» Lucky Boy by Shanthi Sekaran
• Fantasy •
• Non-Fiction •
» Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness by Susannah Cahalan
» Sachiko: A Nagasaki Bomb Survivor’s Story by Caren Stelson
• Young Adult •
» East by Edith Pattou
» Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor
» The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
» Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo
» A Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee
» A Million Junes by Emily Henry
• Middle Grade •
» The Crystal Ribbon by Celeste Lim
Favorite Blog Posts of 2017:
Bookish Goals for 2018:
» Read 100 books.
Even though I crushed my 2017 reading goal of 90 books by reading 120 this year, I decided to only up my goal to 100 for 2018. Since blogging had to take a back seat for the second half of 2017 due to some big changes in my personal life, I definitely want to be able to devote more time to blogging in 2018.
» 80% feedback ratio on NetGalley = 35 NetGalley books in 2018
Yeah, so this was one of my goals for 2017… it didn’t happen. Not even close. I’m at 35% right now. The saddest part is that I didn’t even request any books in 2017. Does it make it any less embarrassing if I mention that I started 2017 with a 15% feedback ratio? No? Didn’t think so… My biggest issue here is that I had requested lots of books way back in 2016 that I have zero desire to read now. I struggle to find the motivation to pick many of the titles left sitting on my shelf… BUT if I look at the math, I only need to read 35 books, about 3 per month, off my NetGalley shelf to achieve this goal, which is totally doable.
» Be more active in the bookish community
When my hiatus began back in August 2017, I really fell off the grid in regards to the bookish community. I feel so out of the loop now. I need to make more of a effort to not only get back into blog hopping and visiting other book blogs, but also be more active on bookstagram & twitter.
How was your 2017?
Did you meet your reading goal?
Which books were your favorites of the year?
What are your reading goals for 2018?